Some of you may be aware that I successfully completed an iPhone 365 project in 2011 and 2010. Let me say, that is quite something of a commitment!

I was a little on the fence about embarking down the same path in 2012, however I decided to go for it. However, this time with a bit of focus. Two ideas came to mind, take each week to focus on the use of just one app to process the images, and then the idea of a theme of the week. I’m hopeful to keep up with both.

For the first week of the year, I decided to choose Snapseed as my app of the week. I’ve been hearing raves about it for months and on New Year’s Eve 2011 it was actually available for Free!

So what I thought I’d do is give some highlights of the app and share some images I created the first week.

p.s. the theme of the week is Trees! (Imagine that!)

Starting out, it’s like many iPhone apps you can bring images in from your iPhone Photo Library or you can capture a new image.

A few of tips:

– To get to the menu with a particular option, tap and hold on the screen to bring up different options that you can adjust.

– To make your adjustments swipe left and right.

– Tap the right arrow along the bottom to apply the adjustment to the image and go back to the main menu.

– Tap the left arrow along the bottom to go back to the main menu (no adjustments applied).

– There is no undo of a single step, however on the main menu, if you click the left arrow button below the word “Open”, you can revert to where the image began. (I hope they will consider an undo button for a single step in the future).

A run down of the options:

Auto Adjust – Let the app do some basic adjustments it thinks might be right for the image. Once you’ve applied it you have the option to change the Color Correction or Constrast Correction.

Selective Adjust – Tap on the + sign to add a point on the image. Once your point is selected tap on the point to adjust Brightness, Contrast or Saturation. Once one of these is selected swipe left or right to decrease or increase these options. Want to move that point around? Tap and hold, the move it somewhere else on the image.

Tune Image – Want even more control?

In this option you can adjust: Brightness, Ambiance, Contrast, Saturation, White Balance. Use the same function as mentioned before. Tap and Hold to select one of these from the list, once selected swipe left or right to adjust.

Straighten – Drag the corners to adjust, a grid will show up to help you link things up.

Crop – There are the usual sizes available for cropping: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9, a free crop, and one called DIN (not sure what that stands for, but I’m sure someone knows!).

Details – Adjust sharpening and structure. Click on the Magnifying glass to enable a loop which will magnify a particular section of the image, this thing is cool!.

B&W – There are a handful of a presets. Once one is selected you can adjust the Brightness, Contrast and Film Grain.

Vintage – 9 Filter Pre-sets along with 4 Textures. Once selected you can adjustL Brightness, Saturation, Texture Strength, Center Size and Style Strength.

Drama – 6 Presets, kind of have a quasi HDR vibe. Once selected you can control the Filter Strength and Saturation.

Grunge – This is a HUGE one, there are 1500, yes, 1500 filter pre-sets here, slowly swipe left or right to find the one that works for you. Along with those pre-sets there are 5 Textures too. Once selected you can control: Style, Brightness, Contrast and Texture Strength.

Tilt Shift – There are Linear and Elliptical options. Swipe left or right to decrease or increase the amount of effect. Tap and hold to initiate movement of placement, width, etc…

Frames – 8 Frame presets here. You can adjust the width of the frame by swiping left or right.

Saving the image. You can output to the following options: Photo Library, Email, Print*, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter. (*I haven’t tried this so I don’t know how that works, yet).

Here’s the final image, from my notes.

Another from this past week. This one was taken at Pike Place Market as a part of an #InstaMeetSeattle and Seattle Flickrites Photostroll with Jack Hollingsworth. Jack Hollingsworth was in town to lead an iPhoneography workshop with creativeLIVE.

photo: to those along the water #iphoneography @snapseed #iphone366


I will be posting all of the 2012 images here: iPhoneography – an Image a day. I look forward to hearing feedback from folks… i.e. was this helpful? What else would you like to see, etc…


– kate